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Man of Steel #94

Superman: The Man of Steel #94

November 1999

1999 Triangle No. 43

Writer: Rand Frenz
Penciller: Ron Frenz
Inker: Sal Buscema


Reviewed by: Gareth Baker (

Superman krsmaashes through STAR labs wall as The Parasite punches him. Strange Visitor manages a counter-attack but she too is punch back, though Superman catches her. The Parasite reveals to SV that he has gained her memories as well as powers, but she's been suffering from amnesia. Everyone evacuates the area, and Pro Ham called the SCU from his anti-grav car. Both heroes team up to stop, Parasite, but he stops them. The Parasite then flees as a ball of energy.

The Parasite lands in the middle of Metropolis as the SCU move in. When Superman attacks, Parasite punches him through the rotor blades of an SCU chopper. Superman crashes to the floor whilst SV saves the chopper. Once that's done, Parasite attacks her again, but Superman knocks her clear of his blast.

The SCU choppers fire missiles at The Parasite, which he easily deflects. Superman and SV take one each and deal with it in their own particular way. By the time SV returns, The Parasite has captures Superman and is draining his powers. SV grabs The Parasite and begins to drain him, carrying him off and up into spaThere she regains all her memories. She is Sharon Vance AKA Kismet. She left home after her parents died, and was struck by lightning on her plane, giving her her amazing powers. As the powers build up it can no longer be contained and there's an explosion.

Back on Earth, people begin to worry when SV returns with The Parasite tossed over her shoulder. All ends well except for Billy. She no longer wants to marry him, she is now Strange Visitor, a new super hero.

3Story - 3: The story was a pleasing end to a story which, quite frankly, I could have lived without. It's clearly a fill in before all the new writers etc come on, and that it does very well. I was disappointed that SV powers had nothing to do with Superman. What intrigues me is what will become of Kismet now? and SV?

3Art - 3: The art did it's job. It told the story. There was nothing bad, but sadly nothing good either.

4Cover - 4: One of the better covers of the series, and it seems somewhat reminiscent of something. What?

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